A Northwestern University graduate, TSEHAYE GERALYN HEBERT is the 2015 Kendeda Alliance National Graduate Playwriting awardee for her play, The C. A. Lyons Project, which held its world premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Hébert studied with Barbara Ann Teer (National Black Theatre in Harlem) and earned the M.F.A. in Writing at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where pygMALI, her reimagining of Shaw’s Pygmalion, won the RhinoFest competition.
Previous awards: New Voices and Visions Award from Louisiana State University and New Works/New Visions Midwest Playwrights Project (Bedtime Story). Hébert is a Dramatists Guild of America member. She sits on the honorary board of Piven Theatre Workshop (Evanston, Il), interned at Lookingglass Theatre (Chicago); and is on the Advisory Council of Pegasus Theatre Chicago.
One of 80 poets selected for Gwendolyn Brooks’ 80th Birthday tribute, she has served as an artist and playwright-in-residence, most recently at Chicago State University, where Yvonne, Rhonda and Tracey Spend the Evening Together Again and A Meditation on Violence, a Piece…Peace Yet to Be Named were produced. Other works include Blakk Love:Storeez of a Darker Hue/The Bath (Chameleon Theatre); Bedtime Story (ETA Creative Arts); pygMALI (Prop Theatre); Elegy for Miss Lucy (M.F.A.W. thesis project); and I Get the Blues, Sometimes I Do (Black Words/Black Lives/Victory Gardens Greenhouse). With Dr. C. L. Lutenbacher, she devises Heart of the Matter, real stories about race in America. The C.A. Lyons Project is included in the National New Play Network (ATF/Kennedy Center).